Derby Chairman to Assist in Match Fixing Scandal

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Oct/16/2008
Match Fixing

Derby chairman Adam Pearson has vowed to help the Football Association's investigation into allegations of match-fixing surrounding their game against Norwich earlier this month - but hit out at the MPs who brought the matter into the public domain.

Norwich North MP Ian Gibson and Norfolk North MP Norman Lamb tabled Parliamentary questions to Culture Secretary Andy Burnham today on the subject, wanting to know whether this was the match the FA were investigating.

Lamb told the Press Association that the allegations related to unusual patterns of online betting in Asia during the course of the 4 October match at Carrow Road, which Derby won 2-1.

The FA have subsequently confirmed that is the match under investigation, but Pearson appeared unhappy that his team had been named.

Asked for his opinion on the MPs' actions, Pearson told Sky Sports News: "I think they should be looking at events closer to home and maybe looking at crime on their own doorstep, people getting murdered in their city centres and the financial turmoil.

"They should leave football to the FA and the Football League. They have obviously got another political agenda they want to stoke up here with Norwich and unfortunately Derby are being dragged into it as well.

"But I'm sure over the coming weeks it will disappear as these stories normally do."

The Independent had more on this story here

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